Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2003 Poured in to a frothy dream, No light shown thru the glass.Fantastic carboniation, smells 0f lush chocolate and fruits fill your mouth. Quality this good reminds me of some of the best Cuban Cigars I have smoked, Cohiba, Hoyo, Romeo y Julieta , and Bolivar. I let this one set out 15 minutes before I started drinking it, and it only improved as it warmed up. Extremely Recommended.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This ale has a nice bite to it. It has a good balance of fruity and spicy taste to it which you hardly notice the 11.3%abv. Cause it will definitely throw you for a loop.Recommended
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours up with a thick head, light tan in color. The beer itself is a rich brown, but light enough to suggest amber as the sun catches it. The aroma is delectable, foreshadowing the yeasty, spicy flavor of the beer to come. It makes the whole mouth tingle, if not to the extent of the Westy12. The alcohol is well-masked, yet not completely, which complements the various fruit influences (raisin was the most identifiable in this most enjoyably complex beer). The head never quite disappears, sheeting down the side of my glass nicely.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The first time I drank this I thought: ’It’s complex, but there’s something rotten and cheesy in the aroma and taste, which makes it unpleasant.’ That was probably just a bad bottle, because since then I’ve only had really good experiences with the Rochefort 10. The aroma as well as the flavour is rather complex. It has a spicy and rich taste with notes of Danish rye-bread and a fruity sweetness. The high alcohol content is definately not a negative thing. The alcohol gives this beer its power which makes it one of the worlds real top beers. I can still sense the cheesy thing about the aroma, but it’s not as overwhelming as the first time I tried this.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Incredibly rich Trappist beer. 144 people have reviewed before me so what can I really say that wouldn’t be a repeat? Aroma very chocolatey, bready, malty - and I detect cherries in there somewhere. Sweet coffee chocolate flavor. Also spice/pepper and nut-like flavors. I, unlike so many others, did not find the alcohol conspicuous in a negative way. A bit too rich to have two -unless you share two with a nice lady and let the 11.3 % do its work...yikes, what am I talking about?
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JUL 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The big sweet malt nose has clear molasses aromas and reeks of alcohol. Extremely dark brown color is almost blank. Lacks a good head. Tastes of roasted malt that imparts espresso flavors with spices (peppery). Like licorice. Bitter end. Long profile that ends sweet. Beautiful!
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 26, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong coffee aroma with hints of malt, light chocolate, banana and nutmeg. Black body with no head. Heavy licorice flavor. Bitter initial flavor with a sour finish. Fizzy carbonation. Nice, but I liked the 8 better!
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2004 Rerate: 7/24/02: After having the Rochefort 6 and 8, and the Rochefortoise, I think the overall here has to come down a bit because of unbalanced sweetness and high alcohol. Still a great brew. Original: 2/26/02: Virtually no head on my one (sad sniff...) sample bottle. Full-bodied, full blast of sweet fruit, sugar, malts of many kinds. Alcohol...quite...evident. Similar peppery finish to the Westy 12, not as intense, not quite as long. Sweet to the not-bitter-enough-end.
jsquire (3227) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, dark ruby color with a thick, tan head that lasted all the way down the glass, with great lace. Subtle sweet aroma with a strong sense of the alcohol to come. Incredibly smooth. Complex sweetness with caramel, burnt chocolate and brown sugar notes. Very sweet but very well balanced with bitterness. As it warms up the sherry sensation gets stronger. A truely wonderful beer.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Initially sports a huge, rocky and tannish head that eventually softens up. Body is dark brown to near prune in color. Aromas of raisins, cocoa and some bready notes after the yeast pour. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate, raisins and fresh baked bread (as the temperature rises and after the yeast pour). Very pronounced alcohol presence top to bottom. This beer improves immensely as it approaches the ambient air temperature.